At McCurdy & Reed Canoes we are proud to be the heirs to a long tradition of wood and canvas canoe building reaching back to the very beginnings of the industry in Canada. From Tim Stewart, who was building canoes in Peterborough. Ontario at the turn of the century. to Harold Gates, the best known of Maritime builders. and through our own revival of the fine Morris and Kennebec designs from Maine, the knowledge and craftsmanship perfected over a century continues.
"My two old canoes are works of art, embodying the feeling of all canoemen for rivers and lakes and the wild country they were meant to traverse. They were made in the old tradition when there was time and the love of the work itself.
I have two canvas-covered canoes, both old and
beautifully made. They came from the Penobscot River
in Maine long ago, and I treasure them for the
tradition of craftsmanship in their construction, a
pride not only of form and line but of everything that
went into their building. When l look at modern
canoes, of metal or fiberglass stamped out like so
many identical coins. l cherish mine even more ..."
So begins Sigurd F. Olson, the legendary outdoorsman, in his essay Tradition. In a few words he conveys the feeling and quality we capture in our canoes.
"Sixteen feet in length, it has graceful lines with a tumble home or curve from the gunwales inward ...No other canoe I've ever used paddles as easily ... The gunwales and decks are of ,mahogany, the ribs and planking of carefully selected spruce and cedar..."
We use the best materials in all stages of construction. Clear woods are matched carefully for color. Stems are of oak, ash or cedar; brass or bronze hardware is used throughout. Trim is available in fine native woods like black cherry and apple. Finishing, which is half the work of building a canoe, is done with great care using the best available products.
Olson finishes his essay with these words:
can never revert entirely to the old days, but we must remember there
are other satisfactions in work that can he enjoyed ..."